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Thread: Give A Mouse A Cookie? How About, Give A 7 Year Old Your Design Board!

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    Give A Mouse A Cookie? How About, Give A 7 Year Old Your Design Board!

    I had already completed the center panel of spider web blocks and the mini star blocks (these were made from scraps left over after making a Day & Night quilt out of the light gray and purple). I wanted to incorporate the mini stars into a quilt with the spiderweb panel, but was undecided about how to incorporate them.

    I had the panel up on my design board and asked my two daughters what they thought. My youngest, age 7, grabbed the mini star blocks and arranged them, alternating on-point blocks with traditionally set blocks. Then, she suggested I use the darker gray (with flecks of purple) as sashing to make it different from the original Day & Night quilt that these cast offs came from. :0 I was floored. This coming from the girl who doesn't have the patience to sit still long enough to learn her multiplication table!
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    Holy Cow...really awesome!!
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    watch out design world. The girl's got talent. The quilt is wonderful
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    This is beautiful!

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    So awesome and so talented a real natural designer your little girl is !!!

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    I think you have a quilt designer there. Good job.
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    Wow, she is a natural designer. That is so pretty!

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    She did a great job!! That's a great looking quilt!!
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    Out of the mouth of babes, come wonderful ideas. Your DD is going to be great designer when she grows up. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing. Mary
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    She may not know her multiplication tables but she sure knows her way around fabric...LOL A great job done by all.
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    Great design.
    My (almost) 7 year old grandson helps put the block components together for charity quilts. The ladies in the guild thought he did a great job of combining fabrics.
    He also loves the book, "Give a Mouse a Cookie".

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    see how you can nurture this and show her how this is math...since if she isn't learning times tables she may end up hating math...math takes many forms and she innately understands it AND COLOR and design. don't let the schools ruin her.

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    that is incredible love it

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    The kids can do more than you think if given a chance, at least with a computer. She done great.

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    Wow that is stunning.
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    I just love the design that she came up with, and since I just finished a purple and white DAY & NIGHT, I may just have to copy that pattern, if that would be ok with you. I just haven't been able to come up with something that looked right. She sure nailed it. Great job.
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    that is really nice, like the gray.
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    Incredibly beautiful. You have an extremely creative 7 year old and I see great things in her future (smile). Thank you for sharing.
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    WOW!!! That's beautiful!!! You'd better take her fabric shopping. . . quickly! She's definitely a "natural"!

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    Whoa, talented young lady! And so inspiring to see what "fresh eyes" can help us with!
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    There are many tricks for teaching multiplication tables, but only a few have the eye for design ... and this can't be taught. It is a beautiful quilt!
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie17 View Post
    see how you can nurture this and show her how this is math...since if she isn't learning times tables she may end up hating math...math takes many forms and she innately understands it AND COLOR and design. don't let the schools ruin her.
    Thanks! We actually homeschool both of our daughters, for many reasons, but one of them being that she has a rare version of a common syndrome, which requires her to be kept warm as much as possible...something that public schools in upstate NY cannot always guarantee. She's always been so advanced in math so I don't think it will take her long to catch on. She can multiply without a problem but it's the memorizing that's taking her longer.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan quilter View Post
    I just love the design that she came up with, and since I just finished a purple and white DAY & NIGHT, I may just have to copy that pattern, if that would be ok with you. I just haven't been able to come up with something that looked right. She sure nailed it. Great job.
    I'm sure she would love to have others making a quilt she helped to design. She was so proud of how it came out.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Wow! That's awesome! Looks like you have a new artist in the family!

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    Art knows no age or boundaries. She's clearly got talent!

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